The year 2022 ended on a happy note for the Indian automobile industry as the sales of December 2022 saw an uptick of eight percent as compared to the sales of same month in 2021. Around 2,75,130 passenger cars were sold in the month, and the competition among the carmakers resulted in a few interesting developments. Read on to find out the top-selling car brands in December 2022.
Top Selling Car Brands in India
December Sales- 2022
December Sales- 2021
Mahindra & Mahindra
Maruti Suzuki: 1,12,010 units
The market leader, Maruti Suzuki sold 1,12,010 units in December 2022, seeing an 8.9 percent decline from 1,23,016 units sold in the same month in 2021. The Baleno, Ertiga, Swift became the first, second, and third best-selling cars of the month, selling 16,932 units, 12,273 units, and 12,061 units respectively. Moreover, the carmaker is seeing strong demand for the new Maruti Brezza and Maruti Grand Vitara, and both these models sold 11,200 units and 6,171 units respectively. The Indo-Japanese brand has discontinued S-Cross in 2022 and kickstarted 2023 by launching CNG variants of the Maruti Grand Vitara at Rs. 12.85 – 14.84 (ex-showroom), increasing Maruti’s CNG cars to 12.
Tata Motors: 40,045 units
Recording sales of 40,045 units, Tata surpassed Hyundai to take the second spot among best-selling brands of December 2022. This is a 13.4 percent growth over its sales during the same month in 2021. The Nexon, Punch, and Tiago continued to do the heavy lifting for the Indian carmaker and collectively sold 28,691 units. Tata also gets great advantage from its large EV portfolio which includes the Tata Nexon EV, Tata Tigor EV, Tata Tiago EV, and fleet-only XPres-T EV.
Hyundai: 38,831 units
The Korean auto giant registered sales of 38,831 units in December 2022, up 20.2 percent over the sales of 32,312 units during the same period in 2021. The Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, and Hyundai Venue remained the major contributors and sold 10,205 units, 8,340 units, and 8,285 units respectively. Hyundai has discontinued the diesel variants of Grand i10 Nios and Aura, Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Santro.
Mahindra: 28,333 units
Mahindra clocked sales of 28,333 passenger cars in December 2022, seeing a 62.1 percent growth over the 17,476 units it sold in the corresponding month in 2021. The ever-growing demand for SUVs is perpetually keeping the Indian carmaker on the higher side of the sales chart. The XUV700, Scorpio (both N and Classic), XUV300, Bolero, and Bolero Neo constituted the majority of sales and with improving semiconductor supplies the waiting periods for its top-selling cars are expected to come down soon.
Kia India: 15,184 units
Registering sales of 15,184 units in December 2022, Kia’s sales grew 94.7 percent over the sales of 7,797 units in December 2021. The Kia Seltos led the sales contributing 5,995 units, followed by Kia Sonet contributing 5,772 units.
Toyota Kirloskar: 10,421 units
With 10,421 units sold, Toyota is the last brand with a five-digit sales figure in December 2022. This is a 3.8 percent decline from 10,833 units sold during the same month in 2021, and the discontinuation of the popular Urban Cruiser might be the reason behind it. However, the Japanese carmaker is seeing a growing demand for the Glanza and Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which sold 4,465 units and 4,201 units respectively. Toyota has also recently launched the next generation Toyota Innova Hycross, priced at Rs. 18.30 – 28.97 lakhs. The new Toyota MUV is to be positioned between Toyota Innova Crysta and Toyota Fortuner.
Honda Cars: 7,062 units
Honda racked up sales of 7,062 units in December 2022, seeing a 11.4 percent decline from 7,973 units sold during the same period in 2021. Their bread-and-butter models in India, Honda Amaze and Honda City, constituted the majority of the sales.
Renault: 6,126 units
Renault sold 6,126 units in December 2022, seeing a 0.1 percent decline as compared to sales of 6,130 units in December 2021. The French carmaker currently only has three cars in its portfolio: Renault Kwid, Renault Kiger, and Renault Triber, among which Kiger and Triber have scored 4-stars rating in the G-NCAP safety test.
Skoda: 4,789 units
With sales of 4,789 units in December 2022, Skoda retained its position in the top 10 best-selling car brands list, ahead of MG Motors and Volkswagen. This is a staggering 48.1 percent growth over the 3,233 units it sold during the same period in 2021. The strong performance was mainly driven by growing demand for Skoda Kushaq and Skoda Slavia
Volkswagen: 4,709 units
With 4,079 units sold in December 2022, Volkswagen sprinted past MG and saw a 27.3 percent growth over 3,700 units sold in December 2021. The VW Taigun midsize SUV and VW Virtus have revived sales for the German brand after a few years of relying on the Polo and Vento.